Marianna Boncek's guidebook "Spooky Hudson Valley" is an afternoon read that timelessly delights. Boncek gives the reader tragic history regarding the haunted locations, spoken or personal accounts about the hauntings, and all information necessary to enjoy his or herself during a visit to the sites. What truly makes the book worthwhile is its dynamic ability to entertain. After the book has been finished, it serves two purposes: first, the reader can use the book to recount local ghost stories to friends; second, the reader can use the book as a guide to visit the haunted locations and possibly experience the hauntings him or herself. Needless to say, "Spooky Hudson Valley", though shorter than "Harry Potter", provides many more hours of experienceable magic than any fantasy book on the market.